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May 2, 2018

CNBC: Facebook’s smart speaker could debut outside the US

by John_A

According to rumors, Facebook decided that since it’s mired in privacy controversies this year’s F8 event might not be the best time to introduce an always-listening connected home device. Amazon has Alexa and Echo, Apple has Siri and HomePod, Microsoft pushes Cortana and Google has Assistant/Home. Now, with the opening keynote of F8 over and no smart speaker or video chat-ready “Portal” device mentioned, CNBC reports that the device is still in the works. It’s apparently connected to remnants of the dearly-departed “M” chatbot technology but when it does appear there’s a possibility it will launch first in international markets.

An “M” powered AI assistant could even get a new name, like…Marvin, and use the translation features announced for Messenger today. Still, with the fallout from Cambridge Analytic a and the prospect of increased regulation hanging over its head, Facebook will keep watching the home assistant battle from a spot on the sidelines.

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Source: CNBC

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